Immigration Accountability Executive Action

November 21, 2014

On November 20th, President Obama addressed the Nation in a prime time announcement that detailed his Immigration Accountability Executive Action. Overall, the President’s actions are expected to help approximately 4.9 million people. These actions cover a range of immigration topics, including deferred action, impacts on businesses, workers, and entrepreneurs, border security, interior enforcement, and naturalization and […]

New Americans in the U.S. Military

November 11, 2014

It has long been recognized that immigrants contribute to our nation in a multitude of ways. This is particularly evident when looking at military service, where, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the foreign born composed half of all military recruits by the 1840s and 20 percent of the 1.5 million service members […]

From LPR to First Time Voter: The Benefits of Citizenship During an Election Year

November 6, 2014

This last Tuesday, millions of Americans participated in one of our most important civic duties – voting. Among those millions, thousands of newly naturalized citizens cast their first ballot as Americans. For the 8.8 million permanent residents living in the United States, the act of voting serves as a benefit of citizenship but one that […]

White House Champions of Change: Promoting Citizenship in the Workplace

On October 22, 2014 the White House honored nine “Champions of Change” who are leading the efforts around the country to prepare immigrant workers for citizenship. Of those honored, five were ‘New American Workforce’ Partners. New American Workforce (formerly known as The Bethlehem Project) works with businesses to assist eligible immigrant employees with the citizenship […]

Reducing Barriers to Naturalization: Citizenship Loans

November 4, 2014

By Maurice Belanger  It has long been an advocacy goal of New Americans Campaign partners to get the government to lower the naturalization fee. A steep fee increase in 2007 has been a barrier to citizenship for low-income immigrants who at the very least put off their application for citizenship until they can afford it. Lowering […]

Inside Philanthropy Profiles NAC Funder Andy Grove

October 19, 2014

As part of their guide to the top technology philanthropists, the outlet Inside Philanthropy profiled Andy Grove, the man  who heads one of the foundation partners supporting the New Americans Campaign. For a lot of the foundations that support the New Americans Campaign, the work of helping people reach citizenship has personal ties: A survivor of the […]

Greater Opportunities for New Americans

October 9, 2014

One of the benefits of becoming a new American is access to greater educational opportunities – especially greater access to scholarships. Every year, the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans funds the graduate education of 30 new Americans – either legal permanent residents or naturalized citizens born abroad. The fellowship offers opportunities to […]

New Report Calculates Benefit of Citizenship to Cities

September 25, 2014

In conjunction with the launch of the Cities for Citizenship initiative, a new report was released on September 17 that touts the benefit of naturalization to America’s cities. The report, released by the National Partnership for New Americans, the Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration at the University of Southern California, and the Center […]

USCIS Announces Citizenship Grants

September 22, 2014

On September 18, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) announced this year’s grantees for its immigrant integration initiative. The agency is awarding nearly $10 million to 40 organizations in 24 states and the District of Columbia. Grants are awarded to organization that will provide citizenship instruction and naturalization application services to eligible Legal Permanent Residents. […]

New Americans Campaign Celebrates Citizenship Day

September 17, 2014

Leading Immigrant Coalitions Honor Citizenship by Action SAN FRANCISCO – In 17 cities nationwide, hundreds of residents eligible for citizenship will celebrate Citizenship Day by completing their citizenship applications. Over the course of September, the New Americans Campaign’s partners will hold citizenship workshops in cities like Los Angeles and Houston. Our national partners will launch […]

Our Impact

  • The Campaign has increased the number of naturalization applications completed in NAC sites by 90% from year one to year three, through nearly 2,000 naturalization workshops and clinics.
  • Over 120,000 citizenship applications completed since July 2011.

    Saved aspiring citizens and their families nearly $105 million in legal and application fees.
  • Almost 2,000 naturalization events hosted, including info sessions, trainings and group application workshops.
  • Adopted scalable technology. MP3 players, Google Voice, and Virtual Private Network (VPN) services are being used to enhance naturalization service delivery.
  • Expanded the Bethlehem Project (an effort to provide naturalization assistance within corporations) which has partnered with 85 businesses across the nation, ranging from hotels in Miami to American Apparel in Los Angeles.
  • Deployed CitizenshipWorks, an online tool, across the NAC in multiple settings and languages. This quarter the NAC also began to integrate the new CitizenshipWorks mobile phone app into services.
  • Were instrumental in inspiring the US Citizenship and Immigration Service to support the Citizenship Corners initiative.
  • Created innovative partnerships with public libraries, school districts, universities, social service agencies, and employers, all of which yield not only greater numbers of applicants but also greater awareness of the naturalization process.
  • Deployed a large-scale volunteer recruitment program through an e-learning course.

    Reached diverse communities. Local partners consistently outreach and provide culturally competent and language-appropriate services.
Learn more from our
Impact Report.

Who We’re Helping

People come to America from all over the world with dreams of achieving a better life for themselves and their families and calling this great nation home. Eight million people who live, work, and pay taxes in this country are eligible for citizenship, yet only about eight percent of them naturalize each year. Find out more about these individuals and the barriers they face.Read More